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Impressions Of Rio De Janeiro
On Feb. 6, we came into the harbor of Rio de Janeiro or the River of January. It was 2 o'clock in the morning, and some of the girls sat up till that time, to see the sight. I did not sit up. It takes a lot of enthusiasm, or something, to make a man of fifty sit up so late as that.
Argentina
We slipped down the coast past the southern ports of Brazil, which are not deep enough for call by large steamers, towards the great river La Plata, and Argentina, the land of my destination. Nothing especial happened on our way down excepting a magnificent blow, with very huge seas through which the good ship Verdi plunged with spectacular effects.
Again Southward Bound
We embarked from the port of Montevideo on the Oriana, an English ship of the Pacific Line, running from Liverpool to the Brazilian ports, Montevideo and the west coast of South America. She was a big comfortable ship.
In Patagonia
On steamer Gallegos, Feb. 21. I am sitting in a whaleboat, as there is not room on deck; the promenade deck is only about eighteen feet long. The Gallegos is the tiniest seagoing craft that I have ever ridden. She has, however, twelve cabins and a tiny saloon. She is crammed with freight and people; even the boat in which I sit is laden.
Farming On The Rio Gallegos
Always a dreamer of dreams, I seemed to fore-see the day when the Gallegos would flow through great canals from the interior, bringing down the wool in barges—bringing its life-giving waters to wide stretches of alfalfa. The estancieros replied that the wind would blow away the soil, were it plowed, clear down to the rounded cobblestones of the subsoil.
An Old Colonist, John Scott
I met at Chymen Aike a fine old English colonist and flockmaster, John Scott. As he had had experience of starting two new sheep farms, he was able to give interesting data. The laws of Argentina, of which Santa Cruz is a territory, divide land, according to their fitness for cultivation or for pasturage, and sell or lease them in tracts fitting the use.
Back In The Andes
I longed exceedingly to go back to the foothills of the Andes. There one found magnificent scenery, with snowcapped mountains, forested slopes, hills waving in luxuriant grass, deep, clear lakes and springs and many little streams.
Along The Coast Of Argentina
As I progress northward along the coast of Patagonia I am more and more impressed with the immense stretch of country it presents. I learn, too, that while in the region close to the Straits of Magellan the land is now all taken and most of it is fully stocked and even overstocked, yet here in the more northern parts is a vast amount of unoccupied land, all good sheep land, though having capacity of only 800 to 1,000 head per league (nearly 6,250 acres).
Port Madryn
In a tiny fruit shop I found splendid grapes from Chubut; they are like those of California—big, black, meaty grapes. Flies ! More flies ! How homelike it all is. I do not recall seeing a fly in the South. The town waterworks is a curious contrivance.
Trelew And The Welsh Colony
We drew up at a neat station, Trelew, the principal town of the territory of Chubut, the metropolis of the colony of the Welsh. But what was wrong? Will one never find things as one had dreamed they would be.
Farming Along The Chubut River
The Chubut River rises in the Andes mountains and flows through the entire length of the territory. Its upper reaches are through narrow valleys, untilled and often untillable. Its lower valley is from two to ten miles or more wide.
Senor Errecoborde
The Welsh people having failed, through lack of capital and ambition, greatly to develop the Chubut valley, the Latins are coming in to displace them. Señor Domingo Errecoborde, estanciero of Buenos Aires province, and of Chubut, has a fine farm on the river, with also an estancia being fenced out in the desert.
A Wayside Drinking Place
His Excellency went away early in his big automobile, inspecting the irrigating canals, and we returned later to Trelew. On the way down we passed a wayside inn, where travelers to the Cordilleras tarry for food and drink, obtain final repairs for their wagons and have their animals shod.
Vamos A Madryn, Manana
The Spanish language is peculiar; its verbs are perplexing. For instance, I wished to give notice to my landlady that in the morning I would leave, so I remarked, casually, Vamos a Madryn, ma-nana.
Buenos Aires Again
At Buenos Aires again. Coming into the crowded dock this morning, we had a good idea of the enormous magnitude of the shipping industry of this port. It was good to see again a city, a newspaper, an apple and a supply of fresh linen.
The Avenida
The Avenida is a new street, perhaps not a mile long, reaching from a lovely little park down by the harbor to a lovely plaza and park in front of the government house. It is a wide street with wide sidewalks, which are clean, smooth and slippery.
Shops Of Buenos Aires
The shops of Buenos Aires are many of them very fine ones. One can find the latest Parisian fashions sooner than one could find them in New York. In truth, this country is nearer Europe than are we, in effect, for the influence of Europe is here paramount.
My Interpreter
In Buenos Aires Dr. Jose Leon Suarez was chief of the division of Ganaderia or cattle breeding. He made every effort to procure for me a suitable interpreter. His secretary, too, Dr. Alberto Paz, was unwearying in his attentions.
Economics - Introductory View Of The Subject
If at so distant an epoch we had been able to survey the whole area now covered by the United States we should have seen no form of human activity except the pursuits of savage life. The principal occupation of the inhabitants would have been making war upon each other, and hunting wild animals for food.
Economics - Definition Of The Field Of Political Economy
Economics is a term introduced by recent English writers which has the double advantage of brevity and of avoiding the serious objections brought against the current term Political Economy.
Economics - Of Scientific Method
The distinction between a pure and an applied science can-not be made a sharp one. As our knowledge expands, pure science is made to include a wider and wider field, and we can never say exactly where the line should be drawn.
Economics - Special Features Of Economic Method
ALTHOUGH the processes just described are common to all science, yet in the case of political economy they have to be applied in a way entirely different from that of physical science. The reason of this difference is that one great object of political economy is to foresee how men will act.
Economics - Fallacious View Of Economic Method
THE object of the present chapter is to point out certain misapprehensions respecting economic method, which are closely related to the subject of the preceding chapter. The most common mistake made by those interested in the subject is that of looking upon the propositions of political economy as real or pretended absolute truths which can be applied without regard to time, place, or circumstances.
Rosario
Rosario presented us with a great boulevard or stretch of park, finely planned and planted, with palms, eucalypts and many other trees, and also shrubs and flowers.
An Easter Day Parade
We came back to Rosario in time to see in the principal street of the town the Easter day parade of carriages. There were two lines of these carriages, one passing in each direction, many of the carriages were fine and the horses good. In the carriages were elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen, bowing and smiling as they met friends.
Two Days In Entre Rios
We dropped off the train at Gualleguay and went tired to bed. It was April 19 when we awoke ; the air was crisp and cool. They do not turn on steam or order fire in hotels in Argentina ; guests dress in a hurry and get out and walk in the sun.
At La Cabezas
We drove from Senor Bracht's to a neighboring estancia, La Cabezas, where sheep are the principal stock kept. This place was under English management. The sheep were thin but game; not many had died.
By Rail Through Uruguay
April 25: We left Salto early this morning by rail, going northward in search of a great estanciero of Uruguay whose cattle and sheep are as the sands of the sea in numbers. Near the city of Salto were many little farms, with orchards, orange groves, stables, cows, pigs and fowls.
Northward In Corrientes
I am on a train going north through the province ; now we are passing through a great forest of palms. Here and there, beside palm-thatched huts, are heavily-laden orange trees or little fields of corn. Great long-horned cattle, huge of frame, ancient of days, graze beneath the palms. Did ever you hear of the flowery pastures of Corrientes.
The Chaco
We rode all day on a slow train through the chaco, the interminable forest of northern Argentina. It is a land of forest with open spaces not timbered but covered with large coarse grass. The timber is scrubby but valuable, as much of it is the quebracho wood from which is made quebracho tanning extract.
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